This gated compound with three guesthouses in the Beverly Hills Post Office area was designed by Santa Monica architect Aleks Istanbullu.
Built in 2000 to replace a 1950s ranch-style home, the house features a red trapezoidal box around the entry, colorful walls and bedroom doors on the second floor, and tropical landscaping with towering palms and a 15-foot stone waterfall.
"We wanted to preserve the Philip Isley pool, which was originally built in the shape of a bird of paradise flower and was one of the first free-form pools built with no corners," Istanbullu said. "A piece of it had to be modified to accommodate the entry. We then built a vertical house because there wasn't much land right around the pool."
The living room features a koi pond filled with fish and turtles, a hanging metal submarine sculpture, lighting that can turn the room into a disco dance floor, and a bar. Off one side of the room is a suite of offices, a half-bath and a library with built-in shelves.
On the other side of the living room is a dining room that opens into the kitchen, which includes a breakfast nook, marble counters and an island cooktop.
The house is outfitted with state-of-the-art electronics, including a built-in central music distribution system that holds more than 2,000 CDs and a home theater with Dolby Digital/THX 8.2 surround sound, an HD projection system and 13 velvet theater seats.
The second level includes three bedrooms, a media room, a laundry room and a children's play yard with sandbox off one of the bedrooms.
The third-story master bedroom suite includes his-and-hers bathrooms, which share a spa tub and a shower with a skylight; a walk-in closet; a sitting room with a fireplace; and an exercise room.
One guesthouse doubles as a pool house, with a fireplace, kitchenette, full bath and sauna. A second guesthouse includes a bathroom, closet, balcony and outdoor barbecue. A third has a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. In the yard above the guesthouses is a children's park area with swings and four treehouses, and a 330-square-foot cabin used as an art studio.
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